How to Get Your Disease Cause Funded by the Boston Scientific Foundation

Boston Scientific is a big medical device manufacturer, and its philanthropic arm addresses needs in disease awareness, prevention and research, with an added focus on access to healthcare. Some programs are focused on specific regions in the U.S., while others are global. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’d like to get your disease cause funded in part by the Boston Scientific Foundation.

Health Grants

This funder typically supports diseases in the form of prevention and awareness. Many of these efforts are grassroots programs on the local level. Below are the geographic regions that BSF supports--organizations should be within about 30 miles of one of these regions to be eligible for funding:

  • Spencer, Indiana
  • Greater Boston, Marlborough, Natick or Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Twin Cities, Minnesota
  • Fremont, San Jose or Valencia, California

Access to quality care is the other big health issue for this funder, so you may want to tie your disease proposal to better access for low-income communities, if applicable. This funder typically provides program support and does not consider requests for general operating support, event-based fundraising, medical research or continuing medical education. BSF does not award multi-year grants, and the size of grants can vary greatly.

Grantseekers must apply for grants online. There are no formal deadlines. Questions about applying for a health grant should be directed to the foundation administrator at bscifoundation@bsci.com.

Investigator-Sponsored Research Program

In addition to the Boston Scientific Foundation’s grantmaking program, there’s its Investigator-Sponsored Research Program, which links the company with external researchers interested in advancing scientific and medical knowledge about BS products and promises crucial medical interventions.

At this time, BS is looking for research proposals in the following areas:

Cardiovascular

  • New/emerging Technologies
  • New/extended applications of DES
  • Role of DES in extended patient groups
  • Health Economics and/or Quality of Life
  • Comparative-Effectiveness
  • Geographic variation in device use
  • Valvular disease

Rhythm & Electrophysiology (Including Cardiac Rhythm Management)

  • Cardiac mapping
  • Cardiac ablation
  • Subcutaneous ICD
  • Heart failure
  • Left atrial appendage closure

Other Specialties

  • Endoscopy/Pulmonary
  • Urology and Women's Health
  • Neuromodulation

Unlike the health grantmaking program mentioned above, this one is a global program open to researchers from around the world. Check out the program’s FAQ page and the submission process page for more details about this program. Questions about this research funding program should be sent to ISRAdministrator@bsci.com.

To learn more about this funder’s disease support, check out IP’s full profile, Boston Scientific Foundation: Grants for Disease